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Cowell to name son after himself?

This Is Local London: Simon Cowell is reportedly calling his son Simon Jr Simon Cowell is reportedly calling his son Simon Jr

Simon Cowell has apparently decided to name his son after himself.

The X Factor boss - who is expecting a baby boy with girlfriend Lauren Silverman next month - previously said he thought Simon was the perfect name for his first child.

While many people thought the 54-year-old was joking, Mail Online reported that the couple have officially picked the name Simon Cowell Jr.

A source said: "Simon and Lauren have decided that their favourite name for the baby is actually Simon.

"For a while it was between Simon and Eric - Simon's dad's name, but now it looks like Eric will be the middle name."

It seems some of the couple's friends might have already known about the name because they took gifts emblazoned with the initials SC to Lauren's baby shower in Beverly Hills last month.

"There were baby clothes and little games all personalised with the name 'Simon'," said an insider.

Lauren, 37, is reportedly planning to give birth in New York so she can be close to her seven-year-old son Adam, from her marriage with millionaire property developer Andrew Silverman.

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